February 15, 2014
MSgt Aaron Torian
June 28, 1977
February 15, 2014
Aaron deployed six times in support of both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
2nd Recon Battalion,
2nd MSOB, Marine Special Operations Regiment.
Marine Corps School of Infantry, Marine Reconnaissance Screening, 18C Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, Scout Sniper Basic, Advanced Winter Mountain Leaders, Machinegun Leaders, HALO, Jumpmaster, and numerous specialized skills courses.
Awards & Decorations:
Aaron’s awards include Bronze Star with combat V awarded posthumously in June 2014, two Purple Hearts, three Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat Distinguishing Device, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon with gold star, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with silver star, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign and Afghanistan Campaign medal, and three Good Conduct Medals.
He is survived by his wife, Jurley, and three children, Elijah, Laura Bella and Avery.
Master Sgt. Torian, was killed by an improvised explosive device that detonated in Helmand province, Afghanistan. In 2006, the former Reconnaissance Marine was named 2nd Marine Division’s 2005 noncommissioned officer of the year following what his commanders called a stellar performance during Operation Phantom Fury — the brutal 2004 fight to wrest control of Fallujah, Iraq, from insurgent control. “This distinction recognizes Marines who excel in job performance, physical fitness and leadership skills, all traits Torian exhibited while participating in Operation Phantom Fury, the push through Fallujah, Iraq, in late 2004,” reads a 2006 Marine news release announcing the award. “Then a lance corporal, he said he worked around the clock, learning every weapon system to effectively lead his five-man unit through the insurgent-riddled streets.” He was promoted from lance corporal to sergeant in just four months, according to the 2006 release.